November 18th, 2007

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From velvet night came forth

You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but there's something sort of special about pain in the middle of the night. It's the knowledge that there are millions of people out there, blissfully asleep without any cares while you're sitting up.

I've always been a night person. When I was in college, I still remember one winter vacation where I went the entire period without seeing the sun. Given half a chance, my sleep cycle would reverse on a dime and settle into one which closely mimiced that of vampires. The same aspects that gave the night its appeal are the ones that often make it problematic now. The solitude and quiet allowed me to write papers or read or do many things that just didn't seem to fit in the garish light of day. The night allows you to contemplate without the presence of others and the stir of the day. Of course, nowadays what I often get to contemplate is 'Ow! Why won't it frakking stop feeling stabby?' I haven't managed to come up with any profound answers to date. The best that seems to come to mind is just 'Because...'.
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Freeze frame!

Welp, it looks like the police report about that myspace suicide is now avaliable, though in a roundabout fashion. CNN unwittingly provided the info in their video piece about the story. Apparently those morons there never considered the fact that someone could just hit pause on the video, take a snapshot and then read the documents.

All of this is courtesy of Blue Merle who did the legwork.

Here's her transcript of what you can make out in the picture if you squint a little:

In reference to their daughter's suicide, Drew explaind she wanted to "just tell them" what she did to contribute to the Meier's daughter's suicide. She instigated and monitored a "my space" account(<---blurred) which was created for the sole purpose of communicating with Meier's daughter. Drew said she, with the help of temporary empoyee named "Ashley", constructed a profile of "good looking" male on "my space" in order to "find out what Megan (Meier's daughter) was saying on-line" about her daughter. Drew explained the communication between the fake male profile was [?aimed? illeg] at gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people. Drew stated she, her daughter, and Ashley all typed, read, and monitored the communication between the fake male profile and Megan. Drew went on to say, the communication became "sexual for a thirteen year old." Drew stated she continued the fake male profile despite this development.

According to Drew "somehow" other "my space" users were able to access the fake male profile and Megan found out she had been duped. Drew stated she knew "arguments" had broken out between Megan and others on "my space". Drew felt this incident contributed to Megan's suicide, but she did not feel "as guilty" because at the funeral because she found out "Megan had tried to commit suicide before."

Drew explained the neighborhood had recently found out her involvement in Megan's suicide and her neighbord have become hostile to toward her and her family. Despite the recency of the suicide and several neighbors recommending she not confront the Meier family (especially on Thanksgiving), Meier stated she and her husband attempted to contact the Meier family three times, "banging on the door" although Mr Meier had already told them to leave.

Man. This woman is going to get her fucking head kicked in. I'm surprised there isn't a lynch mob outside her door at this very minute with torches and nooses non-racially offensive yet threatening paraphenalia.

The whole 'sexual' allusion is just repulsive and God only knows what that actually entailed. This woman is a real piece of work. I'm surprised the girl's dad didn't just respond to their banging on the door with a shotgun blast. If it were Texas, it'd likely be legal to boot. I absolutely love those castle laws. Every state should have them. It sorta figures that Jersey would be without one. Fucking hippie wankers in the state legislature.

Overall, I'm still a bit amivalent about this case and I'll tell you why. Reading about it, it's hard not to feel incredibly horrified and feel that Lori Drew is fucking scum. I'm just not sure what exactly is the facet which makes it so clear. I've told many people online to 'choke on a cock and die' or the equivalent over the years. If one of those soft-brained rejects had then gone and hanged themselves would I be culpable legally or morally for their death? If not, then what makes my suggestion that someone go fornicate themselves and expire less problematic than what Lori Drew did in this case.

Hmmm. Lets answer this with a poll. Let the Wheel of Morality turn, turn, turn. Tell us the lesson that we should learn.

What was the one or most major reason for Lori Drew being culpable for the death of Megan Meier?

She was an adult and knew Megan was a child
She initiated the contact with intent to deceive
She knew the girl had 'issues'
She's not culpable but is still a cunt

If 'Other', please elaborate here

On a sidenote, for every movement, there's always a counter-movement.
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Blast from the past

Report: Family wants Tawana Brawley case reopened

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty years after her allegations of a racially charged rape became a national flash point, Tawana Brawley's mother and stepfather want to reopen the case, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Glenda Brawley and Ralph King want to press New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to re-examine the November 1987 incident, which a state grand jury ultimately concluded was a hoax, the Daily News reported.

"New York state owes my daughter. They owe her the truth," said Glenda Brawley. She reiterated her stance that her daughter was indeed raped by a group of white men who smeared her with feces and scrawled racial epithets on her body.

Representatives for Spitzer and Cuomo did not immediately respond to telephone and e-mail messages.

Brawley was 15 when she went missing for four days from her home in Wappingers Falls, about 75 miles north of New York. After being found, she made the shocking allegation that she had been abducted and raped by six white law enforcement officials.

The case quickly made headlines and drew the attention of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who became an outspoken advocate for the teen.

But a special state grand jury found evidence Brawley had fabricated her story. A former Dutchess County prosecutor who had been implicated in the case later sued Brawley, Sharpton and other Brawley advisers for defamation, winning a $345,000 judgment against the advisers and a $185,000 judgment against Brawley.

A spokeswoman for Sharpton, who was held liable for $65,000 in the case, did not immediately respond to an e-mail message early Sunday. The former prosecutor's attorney did not immediately return a telephone message.

Brawley has changed her name and become a nurse, the Daily News reported.

Amazing. I hope they do re-open this hoax and remind people once again just what sort of scum were behind the mess in the first place. I would also hope that the added attention might out Tawana from whatever rock she's been hiding under for the past 20 years. She's never apologised for her blatant lies and bullshit. Maybe she has no part of this resurrection and it's just her wankjob of a father trying to snatch a few headlines. Even then, she still has an obligation to tell the truth once and for all, something she has never done.

The evidence that this was a hoax is simply overwhelming. Even if you disregard every single eye-witness statement (assuming, of course, that The Man has bought them off) you would still have to explain the complete lack of physical evidence. Negative on the rape kit, negative on any signs at all of sexual assault, negative on any cuts or bruises or contusions, negative on the effects of exposure or dehydration after being tied outside for 3 nights in sub-zero weather, etc.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if her father simply was trying to cash in one more time. After all, it worked so well the last time to the tune of $300,000 and no doubt he's seen the gravy train roll in for others like the Jena 6. If you think that sounds cynical, then you're fooling yourself. There's no way that any sane person, even one wanting to believe that a kidnapping and gang rape occurred, could look at the evidence and conclude that she was attacked. Hell, even Al Shapton himself stopped mentioning the case and began ducking questions about it after the grand jury findings came out.
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Welcome to the pushback

It was inevitable, but I was sort of worried that I wouldn't be able to find it admist the the tsunami going the other way. A new blog was started over on blogger with only a single entry, purportedly written by someone who went ot the same school as Megan Meier and Sarah Drew. There's no way to confirm the authenticity of the info at the moment and even without going to the site, the blog's title should give you an idea of where it stands.

Megan Had It Coming

I want to set the record straight about Megan Meier. I'm calling myself Kristen because if i don't want to give out my real name.

Megan and I were sort of friends. I always saw her at school and sometimes on myspace when her mom would let her on. I need to talk about what she was like because everyone has this picture of this innocent girl who had this horrible thing done to her. That's sorta true but not totally.

Megan was a total drama queen. Yeah i know it was depression or whatev but it was hard to be her friend for very long because she would always lose it and turn into a psycho. That's why Lori Drew's daughter stopped being friends with Megan. Let's call her laura. Every other day Megan would have some crisis and you could see her freaking out down the hall or screaming at someone for stabbing her in the back or not listening to her or whatever then she would go cry to Laura unless it was her pissing her off. You couldn't say anything to megan without her taking it the wrong way.

Yeah she was kinda fat. But she made it seem like everyone was out to harpoon her or whatev. I saw her out with her mom one day at tri sports and she was being a total basket case complaining how all the sports gear made her look fat. You could tell that her mom had been putting up with her daughter for a looooooong time and kinda tuned her out. I would, too.

Oh one other thing about Megan is that she was soooooo shallow. She totally threw herself at any boy who would give her the time of day and then totally lose him for stupid reasons. She was hot for this one boy in our math class and she was trying to be a flirt but she was being totally slutty at him until sara this other girl she talked to said she didn't think he was very hot and boom! suddenly megan wasn't intrested in him anymore and called him a loser in front of everyone. It was that kind of stuff that made people not like Megan. Megan could be really mean and hurtful.

Oh and if you ever disagreed with her or didn't go in with whatever she was talking about she totally pulled this poor me thing and got all defensive. she was a total psycho and everyone knew it. And she knew that everyone knew it and she went even more crazy! Like when she talked about liking Usher and someone else called her a getto bitch and she screamed at the top of her lungs NO IM NOT!!!!! You couldn't help but laugh at her because she was soooooo nuts!!!

So yeah it's to bad Megan killed herself but it's not suprising. I mean if she didn't have enough to eat at dinner that could have set her off and made her kill herself. And killing yourself over a myspace boy? come on!!! I mean yeah your fat so you have to take what you can get but still nobody should kill themselves over it. Oh wait unless your Megan the psycho who goes crazy over every little thing and acts like it's the end of the world. Think about it Megan was "drove" to suicide because from her perspective a boy she liked suddenly asked her about her school reputation and said he wasn't into it? How crazy do you have to be?

Oh and I don't think Lori Drew is so evil as everyone says. Megan was a total bitch to everyone around her especially Laura so if I was her mom I would be mad at Megan too and I would check up on her to see what shit she was spreading about my daughter. And Megan totally talked shit about everyone, including Laura. After she told Laura off, she went around to all her friends to get everyone on her side as if it was this huge divorce or somethingcalling Laura a slut and a bitch so whatev. So yeah Laura's mom checked up on Megan to see what was up and give her a taste of her own medicine. And it's not like Laura's mom did this whole campaign like you see on the news. She was pretending to be this nice guy for six weeks and then said two mean things in one day and that was it. It's not like Megan thought some mean adult was coming after her. All she knew was that some boy who would totally make her think she's hot shit at school cuz she couldn't shut up about him she totally showed him off like a trophy so all the other girls would be jealous and then oops her awesome boy toy was fake!! She was like totally busted on that one. And she had it coming with all the shit she did.

So nobody in the news talks about what Megan the bitch was like so now you know. Oh and don't bother trying to figure out who I am. Unlike Megan, I DO have a boyfriend and he knows computers and he totally covered my tracks.

So does it make a difference? Lets assume that everything stated above was the absolute truth and she was screwed up, unstable, and at least somewhat abusive. Does it make a difference? I imagine for the wide range of people it wouldn't matter at all. I'm not even sure discovering that Megan Meier liked to boil hamsters in her backyard would really make an impact on the whole situation. For most people, there was clearly some line crossed, though what the previous poll seems to indicate is that everyone thinks that it's a different line that was most important.

It's clear that this one is going to go the full twelve rounds in the courts of public opinion. Frankly, the winner already seems pretty clear at this point and I'm just interested in seeing if there are any counterpunches that actually hold weight. All in all, it'll be like spitting into the tsunami and perhaps for good reason. Lori Drew dug her own grave with her own words and there are plenty of people there who would happily help her to lie in it.
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LJ Christmas Gift Exchange 2007

Alrighty, I might as well get this up and running before it completely slips my mind. It seems from the polling results, around a half dozen people are interested in participating which sounds like a pretty good number to me. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't just a couple and it wasn't going to be dozens either.

So all that's left to do is to set some ground rules.

  • If you're interested in participating, please comment to this entry and leave your home address (or wherever it is you want your package sent for those who might be traveling for the holiday season).

  • If you feel like, please list a few of your general interests. There's no guarentee you'll receive an item related to your hobby of collecting, say, nekkid garden gnomes, but you never know.

  • Spending Cap: $10. I figure that's low enough it shouldn't put a hole in anyone's budget and even with shipping costs it should be pretty reasonable.

  • Nothing hazardous, perishable, or which may explode please. Unless of course you manage to stumble across an unused grenade in which just be sure to pack it carefully. I always thought it would be spiffy to have a grenade.

  • If you're interested, please respond by Sunday, NOVEMBER 24th.

I'm going to screen the comments so you don't go broadcasting your name and address to the whole wide world. If there are any questions or comments or whatever, just drop a comment.

Total Number of Participants: 6